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Join us in nurturing an inclusive community for Autistic people and people with developmental disabilities.


Our mission is to break down barriers and enhance accessibility to early clinical diagnosis, treatment services, career development, and lifelong support for Autistic people and their families in North Georgia and neighboring regions.

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The North Georgia Autism Foundation (NGAF), in collaboration with The University of Alabama, is embarking on a two-year initiative to introduce a groundbreaking program called the Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with ASD (STEPS) into the community. This innovative program is tailored to support Autistic individuals aged 16-25, equipping them with essential skills for greater independence and empowering them to pursue their vocational and educational aspirations.

OUr Programs

Dive into a world of possibilities with NGAF's diverse programs! From empowering educational initiatives to groundbreaking research opportunities, discover a range of offerings designed to ignite your passions and drive success.

are you an autistic adult who would
like to meet other autistic adults?

Complete the interest form below for the virtual social club!


  • Fun with Santa 2024
    Fun with Santa 2024
    Sat, Dec 07
    Community House in Cornelia
    Community House in Cornelia, 601 Wyly St, Cornelia, GA 30531, USA
    Community House in Cornelia, 601 Wyly St, Cornelia, GA 30531, USA
    Start your holiday season with us at the Community House in Cornelia! Photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, cookies, and holiday activities galore! Contact us for sponsorship opportunities or for more information at Tickets are $10 per child. 100% of proceeds bene
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a message from our executive director

Greetings, Georgians!

I am Dr. Whitney Kleinert, honored to serve as the new Executive Director and Chairwoman of the Board at NGAF from January 1, 2024.

Following Mr. Tripp Ritchie's inspiring legacy, I aim to continue the Foundation's commitment to supporting our local autistic community and families. My focus includes diagnostic support, clinical consultation, implementing the STEPS Program with the University of Alabama, and sustaining the NGAF Art Gallery in Blue Ridge.


Collaborating with our dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, we are actively expanding our impact, recently raising over $10,000 at our first Christmas Gala. As we pioneer new avenues for NGAF, I invite you to reach out at for any questions or to get involved. Let's make a difference together.


Dr. Whitney Kleinert

Executive Director,

Chairwoman of the Board

North Georgia Autism Foundation, Inc.

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